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God is Everywhere or Nowhere

“Only a Sith deals in absolutes.”

These are Obi Wan Kenobi’s words to Anakin Skywalker at the end of Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. As a lifelong admirer of Master Kenobi, it pains me to spurn his teaching, but as I reflected on last week’s Gospel and Pastor Jim’s message, the following reality came to mind: God is everywhere, or God is nowhere.

Growing up, I met people who fell across the entire spectrum of faith. I met people who truly believed God was in all things - alive, active, and working. I met people who didn’t believe in God at all. And I met people who “believed in a higher power” but didn’t believe that power really had any impact or sway on our daily lives.

As I explored my own faith, I began asking questions about where God exists in our lives: